The accolades have kept on coming, the feathers in his cap have continued to increase and the encomiums keep growing from all quarters for the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji in recognition of his quality leadership of a very critical arm of government, the Legislature, and his numerous humanitarian gestures to society.
The latest of these recognitions is coming from no other institution but The Sun Publishing Limited, a global brand in the media circle and a foremost media outfit in Nigeria, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun, and Sporting Sun who have chosen the Abia Speaker as winner of the coveted The Sun Public Service Award 2020.
In notifying the Speaker of the Award in his office at the Abia State House of Assembly Complex, Umuahia, yesterday, Wednesday, 28th September, 2021, the Managing Director of The Sun Publishing Ltd, Mr Onuoha Ukeh who came with his team of Editors said of the Speaker: “Ever since your entry into politics, you have shown that through politics lives could be touched.
“Under your leadership, the State Assembly has also passed these laws, among others: The Abia State House of Assembly Service Commission Law, the Abia State Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, and the Abia State Donor Agency Trust Fund Law, the Abia State Security Fund Law, the Abians in Diaspora Commission Law, and the Abia State Water and Sewage Development Law, all meant to enhance governance and bring out egalitarian society.
“To give Abia Lawmakers (an) excellent environment, you engineered the remodeling of the House of Assembly Complex into World Class structure. You have put in place an excellent and harmonious teamwork spirit among lawmakers, regardless of their party affiliations.
“In order to discover talents among youths, you have embarked on the construction of nine mini-stadia across your constituency and beyond. The stadia which are at different levels of construction are located in Isieke community, St Stephen’s Primary School, Umuahia, Ezeleke Community Primary School, Umuopara, Ubakala community, Ikwuano community…Olokoro, Ohuhu and two other communities.
“It is for these reasons and many others that the Board of Editors of The Sun Publishing Limited has chosen you as winner of The Sun Public Service Award 2020.
“The Public Service Award is given to that man or woman who has made exceptional giant strides in public service and thereby giving hope for a greater Nigeria”, he concluded.
The presentation of the award will hold at the prestigious The Sun Awards ceremony scheduled for Lagos on October 16, 2021.
Other awardees are Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Allen Onyema, Chairman/CEO of Air Peace, among others.
Responding, the Speaker thanked The Sun Publishing Ltd team for the honour and for recognising the works he and his colleagues are doing in the Assembly in service to the people of the State. He attributed his achievements as Speaker to the unprecedented support and cooperation he has been receiving from his colleagues and promised not to relent in touching lives “because that is all the essence of leadership”.
Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji also expressed delight at the direction the Management and Editorual team of the Newspaper is going, saying if sustained, the sky will only be their limit.
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Other Lawmakers were present during the visit.